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Attested since the 1640s; air +‎ -borne


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airborne (not comparable)

  1. In or carried by the air.
    Airborne pollen can aggravate allergies.
    • 2012 December 1, “An internet of airborne things”, in The Economist[1], volume 405, number 8813, archived from the original on 6 November 2018, page 3 (Technology Quarterly):
      A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.
  2. In flight.
    • 1984, Steve Harris (lyrics and music), “Aces High”, in Powerslave, performed by Iron Maiden:
      There goes the siren that warns of the air raid / Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak / Out for the scramble we've got to get airborne / Got to get up for the coming attack.
  3. Fitted to an aircraft.
    airborne radar
  4. Transported by air in an aircraft.
    airborne troops



airborne (plural airbornes or airborne)

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  1. Military infantry intended to be transported by air and delivered to the battlefield by parachute or helicopter.